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Backpacker Magazine – January 2013

Chile: Private Patagonia

Explore Chile's mind-bending terrain without joining the throngs on the popular trekker circuit. On this paddle/hike/horse adventure, you'll have glacier-chiseled fjords, sky-piercing mountains, and best-ever camping all to yourself.

by: Shannon Davis

The author circles Lago Geike (Photo by Jorg Badura)
The author circles Lago Geike (Photo by Jorg Badura)
The author circles Lago Geike. (Jorg Badura)
Photo by JAN13CHILE_JBadura_kayak_JB32495_445x260
The author circles Lago Geike. (Jorg Badura)

Fjord De Las Montanas
[kayak, hike, ice climb]

Cordillera Baguales
[hike, backpack, horseback ride, fly-fish]

Puerto Toro
[backpack, kayak]

Multisport Skills
Manage a kayak in rough weather; pack smart for every sport; get rescue insurance

Five More Multisport Trips

 

Trip Planner

Get there Fly to Punta Arenas (four flights/week from Santiago during high-tourist season, December through February) and take a bus or taxi three hours to Natales. 

Season/Gear Fall and spring (Natales gets more crowded during South America’s summer, December to March). Pack for cold and wet weather; it rains an average of 200 inches annually, average relative humidity is 75 percent, and the record high temperature is 89°F. Bring a synthetic (not down) sleeping bag, waterproof gloves, and three-layer raingear. This is not a place to experiment with ultralight.

Maps Patagonia Sur & Tierra Del Fuego ($7, patagoniainteractiva.com

Info Find the outfitters mentioned—plus other guides and tour operators in the region—at gopuertonatales.com. The site also lists hotels, hostels, and restaurants. For general info, see chile.travel.

 




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